New trial dates set for vehicular manslaughter case after defendant’s suicide attempt

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Posted 11/13/19

The trial for a man charged with vehicular homicide has been moved to February after he attempted to commit suicide on the day of his previously scheduled trial.

A mistrial was declared on Oct. 29 …

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New trial dates set for vehicular manslaughter case after defendant’s suicide attempt

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The trial for a man charged with vehicular homicide has been moved to February after he attempted to commit suicide on the day of his previously scheduled trial.

A mistrial was declared on Oct. 29 in the case against Patrick C. McConnell, 64.

McConnell, who lives in Jefferson County, is charged with vehicular homicide and driving under the influence of marijuana, after the death of 75-year-old architect Mark Henthorn in a car-bike collision that occurred on March 28, 2018.

On the morning of Oct. 29, McConnell’s sister called 911, saying her brother was unconscious and she could not rouse him, according to the call record.

When medics arrived, they found McConnell breathing, but unresponsive.

He had been kneeling at the end of his bed and had left a suicide note.

McConnell and his lawyer, Richard Davies, were both present in court on Nov. 8 during a status hearing.

“Mr. McConnell feels a tremendous amount of distress about what happened to Mr. Henthorn,” Davies said before Superior Court Judge Keith Harper. “We are thankful the court and the state treated the matter as sensitively as they did.”

Harper set the new trial dates for Feb. 1-6.

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